proMotion May 2017
Dear customers and partners,
I am delighted to be able to say: The ink is dry. In April, the time had finally come: President of United Cargo Jan Krems and I signed our joint venture contract, beginning the preparations for our comprehensive cargo cooperation on routes between the USA and Europe.
One plus one here equals a lot more than two. We are not just expanding our network – the joint venture will give you numerous advantages. Our combined route network with several thousand new route combinations per week and more than 600 direct connections between the USA and Europe will provide you with immense flexibility and save you time. When it comes to handling, we are merging our warehouses wherever possible and setting up regular transfer processes at other stations. The advantages will be improved service-recovery possibilities and “one-stop shopping”: You will be able to book United Cargo flights using the Lufthansa Cargo booking channels – letting you organize everything from a single source, so to speak. And wherever two companies work closely with one another, a lot of new ideas come about. We will learn from one another and create additional positive synergies for you.
After ANA Cargo and Cathay Pacific Cargo, United Cargo is our third cooperation partner in the alliance. As soon as the cooperation with United Cargo goes live, you will benefit from more than 700 direct flights between Europe, North America and Asia. A further 25 new stations will be added in Europe. We have come together as strong partners on the most important trade lanes in order to provide you with the best advantages. In the future, we will be connecting the four largest economies in the world with our best and most flexible network. It doesn’t get any better than this!
The Lufthansa Cargo team and I are really looking forward to working with you and our cooperation partners in the future. Read more about the current development of the joint ventures in our proMotion News.
Who are the people behind your picture?
Our core cooperations team consists of project managers and specialists from network planning. You don’t just pull together a topic like this alone. We receive support from our colleagues in booking management, sales, handling, IT, pricing, revenue management, the legal division and communication.
Each project manager is responsible for a cooperation partner as a whole: from the first idea to the day that the first joint shipments take off, to expanding the scope of our partnership services.
Our specialists ensure that the cooperation functions not just in theory, but also in practice. This requires close coordination with our cooperation partner, which includes both exchanging information about specialist issues and mastering intercultural challenges.
What is the cooperations team’s focus?
The cooperations team is part of Cargo Evolution – Lufthansa Cargo’s strategy. Our goal is to continuously improve our services for you. In our project, we are strengthening our network on the main flight routes by establishing cooperations with other cargo airlines. The first cooperation began in December 2014 with ANA Cargo on routes between Japan and Europe. This February, the first shipments with our partner Cathay Pacific Cargo took off from Hong Kong to Europe, and last month we announced that a contract had been signed with United Cargo for a cooperation on transatlantic routes.
In a nutshell, what drives you?
Larger and better services for you
Faster, more frequent connections all over the world
What are your next major milestones? What is the goal?
We are working with United Cargo towards the day in 2017 when the first shipment will fly with a cooperation partner. This year, we also want to expand our network and product range as part of our joint venture with ANA Cargo. And as part of our cooperation with Cathay Pacific Cargo, we want to begin flying from Europe to Hong Kong as well.
What have you always wanted to say to our customers and partners?
Join in! Use our improved services to your own advantage and profit from more flexibility and time saving! And thank you for sharing our commitment: Cooperation benefits everyone involved!
It’s not just ‘where’, but also ‘how’.
Find out more about your shipments with the new liveSensor tracking service – as if you were live on board.
As of right now, we are offering you a new tracking service that will enable you to keep an eye on shipments in real time all along the transport route. liveSensor will let you know both where your shipment currently is and whether the transport conditions you have arranged are being observed. The tracking device records factors such as temperature, humidity and pressure. Moreover, liveSensor collects data that deals with the orientation of your cargo and any shock events it may be subjected to. Light sensors identify whether and when a shipment was opened, which additionally provides protection against theft.
With liveSensor, we are offering you an “all-inclusive service” together with our partner Sendum Wireless, which also involves the entire logistics of the trackers. Delivery and pickup of the devices at the destination are included in the service. The connected tracking portal lets you modify your own user-defined settings such as the modality of status messages or the adjustment of temperature areas. Virtual geographic borders, referred to as “geofences”, can also be defined. This means that precise information is available to you at the push of a button if a shipment is damaged or lost. The tracking portal enables 24/7 online access to the data via a user-friendly web portal.
liveSensor is now available worldwide.
Read more on our website.
- United Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo announce Cargo Joint Venture Agreement.
- The power of "together". Partnerships are being expanded.
- Exotic cargo. News on Eurowings and Austrian Airlines.
- Meet us at transport logistic in Munich. Open until May 12, 2017.
- StandART – the art of General Cargo. “planet” takes a look at standard cargo.
United Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo announce Cargo Joint Venture Agreement.
Benefit from easy access to a comprehensive combined network, coordinated handling processes and time savings.
United Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo have signed a joint venture agreement for extensive cargo cooperation on routes between the U.S. and Europe. Our partnership will provide you with a wide range of benefits.
Our joint venture route network will give you greater flexibility and time savings with thousands of new route combinations and more than 600 direct connections per week between the U.S. and Europe. The combined network offering creates additional benefits through access from either partner’s booking channels along with coordinated handling processes and transfers at numerous stations.
"The Lufthansa-United cargo joint venture will generate numerous benefits for our customers because our continental and transatlantic networks, our hubs and our fleet complement each other effectively,” said Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO.
"We are excited about the benefits that will be generated by our teams’ cooperation and our combined capacities,” said Jan Krems, President of United Cargo. “Cargo customers will appreciate the opportunities for quicker and easier shipping between key locations in the U.S. and Europe."
The contract signing initiates the implementation phase of the joint venture project. Start of combined bookings will be pursued at a later date in the current year.
The power of "together".
Partnerships are being expanded.
2017 is an auspicious year for our cooperation projects. There is a lot of demand for our faster, expanded network. Since we expanded our joint venture to fly to all of Europe last summer, bookings on partner flights with ANA Cargo have increased considerably. More than 640 tons were generated by cross-bookings from Japan in the first quarter of this year, and there were more than 1,100 tons from Europe in the period from January to March. Together we are offering more than 90 flights each week on the routes of the joint venture.
And that’s not all: In the second quarter of this year, we will open up our partner connections to and from Japan to perishable shipments. This means even more opportunities for you!
Read more about our cooperation with ANA Cargo here.
We have also been transporting your cargo with Cathay Pacific Cargo since February of this year. Together we are offering you more than 130 flights from Hong Kong to Europe each week on the routes of the joint venture. Within the first ten weeks, we had already jointly transported 140 tons on our partner flights. We will be offering you the same service in the opposite direction, i.e. from Europe to Hong Kong, from 2018.
Read more about our cooperation with Cathay Pacific Cargo here.
As our customer, each of our cooperation partnerships provides you with the advantages of expanded networks: You benefit from more direct flights on main flight routes and an increasing number of destinations and frequencies, as well as from time saved - especially at locations where we have merged our cargo handling operations.
Lufthansa Cargo about to open stations in Cuba. A number of new connections will follow.
It is not just in the bellies of our aircraft and those of our cooperation partners that your cargo flies to hundreds of destinations worldwide. We are also continuously expanding our network together with other partners such as Austrian Airlines and Eurowings.
Austrian Airlines has been connecting Vienna directly with Los Angeles since April. Your cargo can also reach 10 other intercontinental destinations such as Shanghai and New York straight from Vienna. In summer, more frequencies to Iran will follow.
Moreover, since March 2016, we have also been marketing the belly capacities of Eurowings and have been able to expand our route network by adding numerous exotic destinations – including Thailand, Mexico and Mauritius. On the Eurowings routes leaving Cologne, cargo capacities are often occupied by replacement parts, electronic items and machines. It gets more exotic on the return journey: The countries that Eurowings fly to often make their living from agricultural exports, which means that mangoes, melons and avocados are flying along in the cargo holds. Pineapples travel over the Atlantic in the cargo belly of the plane from Punta Cana to Cologne. The fruit makes its way to Frankfurt in trucks; afterwards it continues on to Tel Aviv in a Lufthansa Cargo freighter.
Starting in May, these fruit shipments will be accompanied by cigars. Shortly we are going to add Cuba to our network. The low-cost flights will be leaving Cuba four times a week and transporting these top tobacco exports to Cologne, Frankfurt and – above all – Asia.
The first flight to Las Vegas will follow in June, with the addition of Orlando, Seattle, Tel Aviv and Windhoek in summer. Cape Town has already been confirmed as a new destination for the winter.
Exotic stations frequently pose challenges. But creative solutions and our committed employees ensure that we are on the best path to reaching our goal: growing together with Eurowings. You will reap the benefits of proven Lufthansa Cargo quality and great flexibility at our Cologne location.
Meet us at transport logistic in Munich.
The world’s leading exhibition for the logistics sector is open until May 12, 2017.
With some 2,000 exhibitors from 62 countries and nearly 56,000 visitors from 124 countries in 2015, this trade fair is the international industry event for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management. It is held every two years, and this year Lufthansa Cargo will be on site once again to mark its tenth appearance at the trade fair.
Visit us at booth 101/202 in hall B1 and take the opportunity to learn more about us. The focus this year is on the network we operate with our cooperation partners, which fits in nicely with our claim, “Networking the world.” Our flight simulator promises to be a real highlight. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at a brief scenic flight in the simulator in the company of experienced pilots.
Click on our proMotion category “Pictures of the month” and you will receive a first live impression of our stand at transport logistic.
We are looking forward to your visit!
StandART – the art of General Cargo.
“planet” takes a look at standard cargo.
The latest issue of our customer magazine “planet” will appear in May. This time we will be showing you the diverse range of tasks and challenges that standard cargo has in store. There are any number of amazing shipments that travel as standard cargo: Why is sand, of all things, being flown to Dubai? Who sends a disused printing machine to India as a complete assembly kit? And what are Christmas trees doing in the Maldives? These are some of the questions that we will answer in the latest issue of our customer magazine. These articles will be complemented by a report on the tunnel boring machine manufacturer Herrenknecht, another standard cargo user, and a progress report by Kuehne + Nagel on our new, especially affordable standard freight service td.Basic.
During our “planet” on-site visit, Alexis Hoensbroech, Member of the Executive Board Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo, was able to get an impression of the logistics services of IQS – this time up close and personal. This special service provider makes it possible for automotive manufacturers to test their prototypes in the most extreme locations on Earth.
Of course, this issue of “planet” will also appear on the app – which includes the highlights of the print issue as well as additional films and photos. Download the magazine onto your iPad for free in the iTunes store! You can find many articles from past issues in our Cargo Diaries. It's always worth a visit.